Sky Cards Spain
Sky Viewing Cards
Sky provide its subscribers with subscription viewing cards, Sky Cards. These all the viewers to access the pay TV channels that they have subscribed from the Sky Subscription packages.
Sky also produce a freesatfromsky viewing card, that allows access to the “free to view” channels.
The cards are also used to ensure that the sky digiboxes show the correct BBC ITV Channel 4 and FIVE regions on the programme guide and on Sky Channels 101, 102, 103, 104 and 105.
The cards are also used for Parental Controls, which users can block certain channels being made available to all viewers, especially children. It also allows the users to PIN protect certain movies and channels, again to try and make “adult” programmes not available to children.
You do not need a sky card to view ANY BBC channels such as BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News or BBC Parliament, or ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 or ITV4. You have not needed a viewing card to watch BBC channels since 2001, when the BBC moved its channels to “free to air” and moved over to the Astra 2D satellite.
There is no Freesat viewing card.
You do not need a viewing card for Freesat.
Freesat comprises of only TV channels that you can watch for free.
Sky Cards in Spain
The use of a Sky card outside the UK and RoI goes against the terms and conditions of the Sky contract. Should Sky find out that the cards is being used in Spain (or France Italy Germany Greece etc) then they will deactivate the card.
As far as I know, it is NOT illegal to use a Sky viewing cards or watch Sky TV channels in Spain. However, you are breaking the terms and conditions of your Sky contract. The Sky contract states that the Sky viewing card is only for use within the UK only. This is due to how the broadcaster rights for the programmes on the channel that are on Sky TV are sold around Europe.
Sky Cards Spain
However many expats around Europe “register” their Sky card at a UK address, either their own address of that of a friend or family member.
Many expats also go through a Sky card agent. These agents provide the expats with a UK address for a Sky card, and will charge upwards of 150 euros a year for the privilege of using the agent UK address. Adverts for this service will be along the lines of “Sky viewing cards with no requirement for a UK address, to anywhere in Spain.”, where the company do not mention that you have to pay a yearly fee!
We can supply Sky Cards to our clients as part of a Sky satellite installation, using either their own UK address, or one supplied by our agent.
Due to broadcast rights restrictions, Sky UK cannot contractually offer their Sky viewing cards to other countries. So there are NO official Sky card agents in Spain. We are not affiliated with any company calling themselves Sky Cards Spain.